This course is an introduction to a broad range of topics related to student developmental disabilities, including categories of cognitive, physical, emotional, and learning delays. The inclusion of students into educational environments will be highlighted. Topics will include:

  • History of special education and inclusion

  • Laws which govern inclusion, IDEA, and the integration of students with disabilities

  • Family concerns and challenges

  • Current and future trends and best practices

  • Specific disability exploration and knowledge through readings documentaries and case study analysis

  • Best practices in Universal Design for Instruction for students with disabilities and diverse learning styles

  • Supporting the successful transition to post-secondary environment

App smashing is best defined as taking two or more apps and combining them together to create something new that would not otherwise have been possible. It is fun, engaging, and results in expanded creative possibilities for students and teachers while tapping into higher order skills. In this class, participants will engage in a hands-on exploration of apps including Padlet, Explain Everything, Seesaw, Thinglink, Aurasma, BookCreator, and Tellagami and consider ways in which to smash these apps together for greater impact. Participants will also collaborate with each other to generate a master list of app smashing “recipes” and project ideas that they can take with them to implement into their classrooms.